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Exterior view of Blythe House, Kensington Olympia

Blythe House, Kensington Olympia

The V&A holds one of the most important collections of textiles and fashion in the world, ranging from archaeological textiles to contemporary haute couture. The Clothworkers' Centre is a dedicated facility to study, conserve, and store the textiles and fashion collection.

Based at Blythe House in Kensington Olympia, the new Centre brings the V&A's extensive textiles and fashion collection together under one roof, providing appropriate storage to enhance the long-term care of the collection. At the heart of the project are some new and upgraded Conservation studios, a public Study Centre, and a Seminar Room, offering visitors and researchers increased access and improved facilities to study and enjoy this important collection. The original grand entrance to Blythe House - a Grade II Listed Building - has been reinstated, making it fully accessible and welcoming for visitors. The Clothworkers' Centre is the most important national and international centre for fashion and textiles.

The Clothworkers' Centre is now open.

Read more about the Clothworkers' Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion


The V&A appointed Haworth Tompkins architects to design the Clothworkers' Centre at Blythe House. 


The Blythe House Textiles and Fashion development is named 'The Clothworkers' Centre for Textiles and Fashion Study and Conservation' following a generous lead grant from the Clothworkers' Foundation.

This development is part of FuturePlan

FuturePlan is transforming the V&A by revitalising visitor facilities and redisplaying the collections. Using the best architects and designers, we are bringing the V&A into the 21st century and restoring modern design and innovation to the heart of the museum.

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Underwear Fashion in Detail (Paperback)

Underwear Fashion in Detail (Paperback)

From camisoles to corsets, basques to boudoir caps and girdles to garters, Underwear: Fashion in Detail gets up close to some of the most intimate ite…

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The Fabric of India

03 October 2015 – 10 January 2016. The highlight of the V&A’s India Festival, this will be the first major exhibition to explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India from the 3rd to the 21st century.

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Event - Create! Illustrating Fashion (13-15 years) February 2016

Sat 13 February 2016 11:00–16:00

YOUNG PEOPLE'S EVENT: Take inspiration from the V&A’s Fashion Galleries and learn a variety of fashion illustration techniques.

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